Virus ‘rising’ in England for the first time since May: Boris Johnson | AFP

British Prime minister Boris Johnson says that the survey by the Office for National Statistics has shown that the virus in England is rising ‘for the first time since May’ during a press conference in London.

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UK open-air theatre reopens with strict guidelines as restrictions lifted | AFP

Brighton open-air theatre on the South coast of England reopens to the public for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown, with reduced capacity and strict social distancing guidelines.

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Londoners react after government makes masks mandatory in shops | AFP

Londoners react after the British government’s announcement that facemasks would be compulsory in shops and supermarkets in England from next week, in a U-turn on previous policy.

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English sand artists create giant beach drawing to promote social distancing | AFP

Land artists from the collective ‘Sand In Your Eye’ create a massive sand drawing on the beach at Whitby, in northern England’s North Yorkshire region, to highlight the importance of social distancing, as Britain emerges from its coronavirus lockdown. The drawing features someone wearing a mask inside a circle in the shape of the COVID-19 virus and is composed of lines that are 2-metres wide.

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Pub overflows in London upon reopening as lockdown is eased | AFP

People spill out onto the pavement at a pub in London as pubs across England reopen to the public after a lockdown imposed to stem the spread of coronavirus is eased. IMAGES

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England’s pubs and hairdressers reopen after months of lockdown | AFP

Pubs and hairdressers in England reopen for the first time since late March. The move is part of a wider government plan to relaunch the hospitality, tourism and culture sectors and help the UK economy recover from more than three tough months of lockdown.

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Londoners take to Soho’s streets as pubs and bars reopen | AFP

Some of Soho’s streets are pedestrianised to ease social distancing and support the hospitality industry as bars, pubs and restaurants reopen in London and across England. IMAGES

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Johnson announces easing of quarantine for visitors from certain countries | AFP

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces that England is changing its quarantine rules for travellers, so that only those arrivals who are from countries where the coronavirus is ‘not yet under control’ will have to self-isolate for two weeks. SOUNDBITE

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Images of a COVID-19 testing centre in Leicester, as it goes back into lockdown | AFP

Images of a COVID-19 testing centre in Leicester as a local lockdown is imposed on the city after an alarming spike in coronavirus cases. The British government has ordered schools and non-essential shops in Leicester, central England, to close and has urged people to stay at home after a localised outbreak. IMAGES of the army assisting people at a testing centre

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UK reimposes lockdown on virus-hit city of Leicester | AFP

The British government orders schools and non-essential shops in Leicester, central England, to close and urges people to stay at home after a localised outbreak of coronavirus. Health Secretary Matt Hancock says nationwide moves to ease a three-month lockdown will no longer apply in the city due to high rates of COVID-19, telling parliament: ” The more people follow the rules, the faster we’ll get control of this virus and get Leicester back to normal.” IMAGES

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London charity shop adjusts to strict COVID-19 rules | AFP

Charity shops have reopened in the England but they have had to adapt to the ‘new normal’. To help fight the spread of coronavirus donated clothes now have to be quarantined for 72 hours, while customers are not allowed to try items on before buying them. At the British Red Cross shop in Kensington & Chelsea, Manager Ernestina Fonseca says she’s confident the store can deal with the new challenges.

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English Premier League turns to Hong Kong firm for coronavirus tests | AFP

England’s Premier League returns to action this week – and the thousands of coronavirus tests that have helped make that possible have an unlikely source: a little-known start-up in Hong Kong. Prenetics/Circle DNA is playing a key role in rebooting the world’s most popular football league after landing a ยฃ4 million ($5 million) contract to screen its players and staff.

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Highlights of this day in history: England’s King John signs the Magna Carta; A deadly steamboat fire in New York City; Jordan’s King Hussein weds American Lisa Halaby; Arlington National Cemetery created; Singer Ella Fitzgerald dies. (June 15)

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UK slave trader’s statue toppled in anti-racism protests | AFP

Anti-racism protesters in Bristol, England, are seen tearing down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston and throwing it into Bristol harbour. Protesters tie the bronze statue of the 17th century slave trader with rope and pulled it down amid cheers from the crowd.

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London’s historic Camden Market reopens as lockdown measures eased | AFP

Food stalls reopen in north London’s Camden Market as lockdown measures are eased across the UK. Schools also partially reopened in England on Monday and the most vulnerable were allowed to venture outdoors, despite warnings that the world’s second worst-hit country was moving too quickly out of its coronavirus lockdown. IMAGES

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Some London schools reopen as lockdown measures eased | AFP

Parents and pupils wait outside a school in London as the government partially reopens schools in England. The country is slowly emerging from a months-long virus lockdown, with up to six people from different households now allowed to meet outside and outdoor markets given the green light to reopen. IMAGES

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Dogs being trained to sniff out COVID-19: charity | AFP

A British charity has teamed up with scientists to see whether dogs could help detect COVID-19 through their keen sense of smell, they said on Friday. Medical Detection Dogs will work with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Durham University in northeast England to determine whether canines could help diagnoses.

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Home of England rugby becomes COVID-19 test centre | AFP

A drive-through coronavirus testing centre has been set up in a carpark of Twickenham stadium, the home of the England rugby team. The facility appears ready to receive patients to help reach the government’s stated goal of processing 100,000 COVID-19 tests per day by the end of April. IMAGES

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As coronavirus spreads in Britain, a cathedral now broadcasts its Sunday service online | AFP

With fears growing that the coronavirus outbreak in Britain is accelerating, churches have had to adapt to continue offering Sunday services to their flock. In the town of Ripon, in northern England, the reverend of the local cathedral is now broadcasting the Sunday service online.

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